A season of misery continues tonight for the Milwaukee Bucks, as they now are losers of 11 straight games. The Charlotte Bobcats made easy work of the struggling Bucks winning by a final score of 92-76.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out tonight for the Cats with a swollen left knee but that proved to be no problem as the team showed no signs of struggle, leading the game through all four quarters.
Before we get into what we learned from some of the players’ performances tonight, can we give the Bobcats a little credit? People have been severely underestimating the power of Charlotte’s defense. Yes I know it is Milwaukee (They are absolutely dreadful this season), but letting up only 72 points to a team? That is something Cats fans haven’t seen in ages.
In fact, the defense is so underrated that nobody seems to care about where they rank among other teams. The Bobcats are now the fourth best team in the NBA with 92.4 points per game average, and that truly is something to be proud about.
Al Jefferson was the star tonight for Charlotte as he showed the true numbers that fans are expecting him to put in. In a very convincing performance, Jefferson went for a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. This dominating performances can prove that Big Al is finally behind his hurting ankle injury that kept him out for 10 games.
Gerald Henderson put up another solid performance as he went for 19 points (7-3 shooting), six rebounds and three assists. Henderson also hit a woman in the stands directly in the face with a terrible pass (It was really, really bad…). Jeff Taylor didn’t surprise many tonight, he had a chance to impress getting the start in place of MKG but he simply wasn’t himself tonight. Taylor played 28 minutes on the floor but only had four points (2-7 shooting) and two assists. He had zero rebounds in the contest.
Wow … who did we see tonight? That’s right! For just the second time this season, we saw Ben Gordon get some garbage minutes. In 17 minutes of play, Gordon had eight points (2-8 shooting) and two assists.
As for the Bucks, it was another forgetful defeat. O.J. Mayo (The “star” of Milwaukee) only went for five points on 2-11 shooting … talk about underachieving performance. How about Ersan Ilyasova? Wasn’t this dude supposed to be something? Clearly not judging by his play as of late. In just 12 minutes of play, the hurting PF only played in 12 minutes against the Cats only scoring…zero points (Jokes). He was reportedly experiencing a sore hamstring during the game.
The Bobcats next game is Sunday against the defending champion Miami Heat at 6 p.m. Eastern time.